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|Reviewed by:||michellep74|| |
|Posted on:||4/16/14 3:20 PM |
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular |
Colette Patterns Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 2 people Very Helpful by 8 people |
|See other patterns in this category: Skirts |
|Available for sale on PR: $16.00 (See envelope) Click to Buy |
|Fabric:||Ponte Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Pattern Description: From the Colette web site:|
"Mabel is a quick, easy, and versatile skirt pattern. It is also your perfect introduction to sewing with knits! Because it uses heavy knit fabrics, you get all the benefits of sewing with stable wovens, along with the speed and comfort of sewing with knits. For the beginner, that translates into sure-fire results - you will successfully sew this skirt in one afternoon. And if you're more experienced, you'll take advantage of how fast this garment comes together and whip up several skirts in a day.
Because Mabel can be sewn up in three different styles, it’s a great wardrobe staple. Versions 1 and 2 are mid-thigh length skirts, ideal for warm spring and summer days or worn with a sweater and leggings in the winter. Version 2 is embellished with a faux placket and center buttons. Version 3 is an above-the-knee length pencil skirt with seam details and a kick pleat. All three versions are pull-on style with a mid-rise, contoured waistband."
I sewed Version 3, the seamed pencil skirt.
Colette's new knit sizing, which includes a plus size range.
XS-3XL (35" hip - 56" hip).
Per the size chart, my size is 2XL, and I sewed a straight 2XL.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did. Note that the plus sized model in the photographs is listed a being a 2XL, and although the skirt looks a bit tight on her, it's not so tight on me (although it is curve-hugging).
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were great and appropriate for a beginner. I didn't have any "OMG, why are they telling you to do that with a knit???" moments like I often do with Big 4 instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
* It's a great basic wardrobe builder and doesn't use much fabric.
* Colette has added a plus size range, yay!
* The fit is exactly what I was hoping for--curve-hugging without being too tight.
* While it took me two hours to make (instead of one--horrors!), the skirt is a quick sew and can easily be done in an afternoon, or in my case, a couple of pre-work sewing sessions.
Dislikes: Not so much a dislike as something that I want to note for others, but I'm short and short-waisted, and the waistband "crunches" down on me a bit in front. Not an issue for me since I don't tuck in my blouses, but it's something to be aware of if you're similarly sized to me and do tuck.
Fabric Used: Black ponte knit from FabricMart. This was one of their "one crazy priced fabric" picks a few months ago, and I bought six yards of it. This skirt only took me about a yard of fabric, even being plus sized.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None. Zero. This skirt is straight out of the envelope. Note that I'm 5'2", and while the pencil skirt is supposed to be above knee length, I wanted a slightly longer skirt and so did not adjust the length at all.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Great basic pattern that would be appropriate for beginners and knit newbies. While, yes, the price of the pattern is higher than a Big 4 pattern on sale, I'm very happy with the fit and am sure that I'll make this enough times to amortize the cost.
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